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Informational Aesthetics Measures
March/April 2008 (vol. 28 no. 2)
pp. 24-34
Jaume Rigau, University of Girona, Spain
Miquel Feixas, University of Girona, Spain
Mateu Sbert, University of Girona, Spain
The Birkhoff aesthetic measure of an object is the ratio between order and complexity. Informational aesthetics describes the interpretation of this measure from an information-theoretic perspective. From these ideas, the authors define a set of ratios based on information theory and Kolmogorov complexity that can help to quantify the aesthetic experience.

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Index Terms:
aesthetic measure, informational aesthetics, information theory, Kolmogorov Complexity, physical entropy
Citation:
Jaume Rigau, Miquel Feixas, Mateu Sbert, "Informational Aesthetics Measures," IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 24-34, March-April 2008, doi:10.1109/MCG.2008.34
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